Sunday, May 27, 2007

We Remember

Memorial Day was not declared a national holiday until 1971 but it has been celebrated in many areas of the United States unofficially since 1868 when it started as a day to remember soldiers who had died in the Civil War or War Between The States as some would say.
Poppies became a symbol of Memorial Day shortly after World War One and partly from the effort of Moina Michael who was inspired by this line from John McCrae's poem, In Flanders Field:

To you from failing hands we throw the Torch; be yours to hold it high. If ye break faith with us who die, we shall not sleep, though poppies grow in Flanders Fields."

There is more good information about Memorial Day at the PBS National Memorial Day Concert website. I enjoy watching this concert and it is a good family event with great music.

I suggest you also check out one of my favorite music blogs Music You (Possibly) Won't Hear Anyplace Else. The author, Lee, has put together an incredibly collection of patriotic music to download and some of it is spoken word. Lee is himself a veteran of the Navy so stop by, download some great music and thank him for his service to our country!

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle:

If you haven't heard of Freecycle yet I suggest you go to and find one in your area. The principle behind Freecycle is to encourage people to give away things they don't want rather than throw them away. This in turn reduces landfills and gets useful items into the hands of those who need them.

I have found many, many great things on freecycle including the items in the pictures here. I have also given away many items which is a good feeling. I really don't like throwing things away and this helps me to let go of things I no longer use since I know it's going into the hands of those who will use them. Freecycle helps us to be a good steward of God's resources. Something we all need to do better.

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Happy Mother's Day!

I hope you are all having a lovely restful day with chocolate in abundance!
If you care to you might hop over to TenTwo Studios for Lisa's Mother's Day countdown of downloadable goodies and don't forgot tomorrow is Homeschoolestore's Mother's Day Celebration with 28 e-books to download. Have a great day!

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Praiseworthy Blog: Echoes of A Dream

I have been a reader of Echoes of A Dream for awhile now and I find I have so much in common with Simmy, the author, despite the fact that she is a first generation Brit and I'm an American Midwesterner. That is one of the wonderful things about the internet, contact with like minded individuals all over the world. Like me Simmy is in love with fiber and knitting. In addition, I discovered today that we have a similar passion in children's literature. I thought you would enjoy a peek into Simmy's world and get some recommendations on good children's literature as a bonus. So run on over there and check out Echoes of a Dream.

Sunday, May 06, 2007

Save the Chocolate

There is no doubt on this blog that chocolate is a most praiseworthy food. The FDA is considering changing the definition of what can be called chocolate in the United States. That means that you could pick up something you think is 100% cocoa butter and real milk and get something masquerading as 100% cocoa butter and real milk. That is not praiseworthy. So I urge you to head over to Don't Mess With Our Chocolate and find out how to make your opinion known.

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Happy May Day!

This is a sweet video of May Pole Dancing at Puddletown First School. What a fun tradition. As with all youtube videos I urge you to watch this on my blog rather than going to youtube as not all the content there is praiseworthy. Enjoy and have a wonderful day!